Monday, April 15, 2013

Tech Curmudgeon's Guide to ...

Duh! Technology!!

(What did you expect?)

No matter how simple your computer task is, or how many times you’ve done it, it’s a near certainty that something will fail, usually hanging the whole computer system and always when you need it most. The more important a job is, or the less time you have to finish it, the more likely it is your computer will fail. Mathematically, the probability of a system hang is directly proportional to how important the job is, and inversely proportional to the amount of time you have to get it done, or

S.H. = I/T 

(Don’t worry about the math. I just made it up.)

Surely you’ve noticed there are some folks who just seem to get computers. They can make their desktop machines outperform anything, get their printers to work (not like taking their daughters to work), and even type on their smart phones. You can recognize these people because their faces are always lit from below by the blue glow of a screen. They speak in cryptic acronyms, and, by the time you read this they’ll be wearing Google glasses and other geek-cessories.

But take comfort. If you study the information here*, and follow a few simple exercises, you still won’t end up like them.

*Actual information omitted for the sake of brevity. To be supplied at a later date.

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